Collaborate, Create, Communicate

Where 2 Web 2.0

Day 3 and final day of the Web 2.0 for Dev conference.

The theme of today’s blogging is on where 2 web 2.0

Taking on angle of the ‘where’ theme, I would like to share with you some experiences from a session yesterday which proved that you CAN do/use Web 2.0 in Africa.

Ednah Karamagi from BROSDI in Uganda doesn’t let electricity rationing, low bandwidth and  not always knowing about the newest technologies stop her and her group from using a wide range of web 2.0 tools in many areas of development.

She showed us blogs that they use for allowing orphan children to share their thoughts and feelings, wikis which allow her group to share,store, manage and plan training programs, and websites which house information including audio files of statements, information and suggestions given by farmers in rural areas.

She showed us that you can Web 2.0 to other computer users, to cell phones using SMS services, and even to non-computer and internet accessible rural peoples through interacting with their radios, loudspeakers, providing print material and even through village ‘knowledge brokers’. They try everything to get information from farmers, to farmers, from others, to others and many more people and directions.

They support the use of these technologies through training, an annual knowledge fair, talking to other NGOs, and trying things out for themselves.

But not everything works the first time—Ednah said the first wiki was never used so she too stopped using it. But once they found a good purpose for the wiki tool/technology it was much more successful.

So where 2 web 2.0?

– you CAN web 2. in Africa was a strong message

-you can web 2.0 to rural areas, even if it has to be combined with other technologies (telephony) or even traditional formats –in the end it is all in the spirit of exchange and collaboration

-you can web 2.0 to farmers, health workers, orphans, other NGOS, etc

where else???

If it can be done by Ednah in the conditions in Uganda–i would like to challenge others out there, others in the CGIAR, to see how we can also adopt soem of these tools to enhance our work, collaboration, and outreach.

Anyone up for it?…